Alphabet said Monday that it had appointed frances Arnold, an award-winning biologist, to its board of directors. Arnold, a professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry at caltechni, is the third woman on Alphabet’s 11-member board.
The move comes just days after Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, took over from Larry Page as Alphabet’s CHIEF executive.
Alphabet is actively engaged in renewable energy and health and needs professional and professional talent in these areas to help it overcome trust concerns about the collection and use of personal data. The company has been investing in the life sciences sector through its Verily subsidiary.
Arnold won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018 and has distinguished her work in the field of renewable energy. She is also a fellow at the National Academy of Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine and the Academy of Engineering.
In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Alphabet Chairman John Hennessy said the company would offer Arnold an initial equity bonus of $1 million in the form of Alphabet’s restricted shares.